Badal speaks to NSA Doval and reward of Rs 25 lakh announced in Nabha jail break

Sukhbir Singh Badal is also rushing to Nabha to visit the affected jail for an on-the-spot review of the situation there.

Published: 27th November 2016 02:14 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th November 2016 05:16 PM   |  A+A-


Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal visiting Nabha Jail. | EPS

Express News Service

CHANDIGARH: Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today spoke to the national security advisor Ajit Doval and apprised him of the details of the incident of Nabha jailbreak and updated him on the steps being taken to apprehend the culprits.

Also, the state government has announced a reward of Rs 25 lakhs to any person providing information leading to the arrest of these six escaped under-trial prisoners.

Sukhbir Singh Badal is also rushing to Nabha to visit the affected jail for an on-the-spot review of the situation there. Punjab director general of police Suresh Arora is already in Nabha following the incident.

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal held a high-level meeting of Civil and Police Administration including intelligence officials this morning to review the situation.

Meanwhile, the state government took a series of administrative steps in the wake of the Nabha incident. A red alert has been issued throughout the state and security at all jails has been tightened further.

The State government has asked for the constitution of an enquiry committee headed by additional chief secretary, home affairs Jagpal Singh Sandhu to look into the security lapses that led to this jail break.

Meanwhile, additional deputy general of police (ADGP), railways Rohit Chaudhary has been posted as new ADGP (Jails) in place of MK Tiwari, who has been placed under suspension and S Bhupati, as the superintendent of Nabha High-Security Jail.

A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed by the Punjab police to investigate the escape of six under-trials from the Nabha Maximum Security Jail on Sunday. The SIT will be headed by Prabodh Kumar, ADGP internal vigilance cell.

It will include  inspector general of police (Patiala Zone) Paramraj Singh,  inspector general of police Ishwar Singh, inspector general of police counter-intelligence Nilabh Kishore, deputy inspector general of police (Patiala Range) Amar Singh Chahal and  senior superintendent of police (Patiala) Gurmeet Chouhan.

At the same time, a massive manhunt has been launched to nab the escaped prisoners and all districts have been alerted to lay nakas, conduct mobile patrolling and nab the escapees.

“State police is investigating conspiracy between terrorists and gangsters to disturb peace in Punjab before elections,” said Sukhbir Badal.

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